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Mexican Chicken and Dumplings

Sunset NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 pounds skinned chicken thighs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 oz.) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño chilies
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk


1. Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and stir often until limp, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Rinse chicken. Add broth, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink at the bone (cut to test), about 40 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and jalapeños. In a small bowl, whisk butter into milk; stir into flour mixture until well blended. Drop batter in tablespoon portions into simmering chicken mixture; cover and simmer gently until dumplings are cooked all the way through (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Ladle chicken, dumplings, and sauce equally into wide, shallow bowls and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 477
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 5.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 47g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 1456mg
  • Cholesterol: 121mg

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